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Third year archaeology student museum trip

The 3rd year archaeology students went on a trip to the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History earlier this year. They were given a great tour:
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The National Cultural History Museum explores South Africa’s cultural diversity in various permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions include rock paintings and engravings of the San people; thousand year old Iron Age figurines from Schroda in the Limpopo Province (described as “the best known artifacts indicating ritual behaviour in the Early Iron Age”); the Art Gallery presents an overview of South African culture through time, using cultural objects, crafts, sculpture and paintings and an exhibition on Marabastad is a true example of a cosmopolitan and fully integrated rainbow nation before apartheid. – Source



Honours students tour the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

The Honours class of 2014, took a tour of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History last week.


Dr. Shaw Badenhorst (Senior Curator: Archaeozoology and Large Mammal Section; HOD: Vertebrate Department) showed them the ins and outs of the Archaeozoology department, including a tour of the lab.


All in all it was a fantastic learning experience!


Visiting Mrs Ples

Yesterday, Dr Ceri Ashley (Archaeology lecturer at the University of Pretoria) and I had the great pleasure of seeing Mrs Ples (Australopithecus africanus) at the Ditsong: National Museum of Natural History:

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We got to see a whole host of fossils and it was fascinating! We also got to see Paranthropus robustus:

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